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As our nation’s opioid crisis continues to make headlines, it’s important that we not merely raise awareness of this raging epidemic but offer solutions. Kathleen Hogan, MD, a surgeon at New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center, is heeding that call and taking steps to help combat this dangerous issue.
While many opioid abusers are recreational users, many others developed their addictions after taking painkillers following surgical procedures. Drugs such as fentanyl, among others, have long been prescribed for patients in these situations, and while effective, these types of medications can also be highly addictive.
That’s why Dr. Kathleen Hogan, a Board-certified orthopaedist specializing in knee and hip replacements, opts to treat her patients using a non-opioid medication called Exparel whenever possible. The anti-inflammatory medication is injected into the patient during surgery and not only greatly reduces pain, but can minimize or eliminate the need for post-op opioid prescriptions.
This is one component of Dr. Kathleen Hogan’s multimodal approach to pain management, which was recently featured in The Nashua Telegraph. In the article, Dr. Kathleen Hogan mentions that in addition to taking opioids out of the equation, this treatment option also speeds up recovery times for most patients.
While the opioid issue knows no geographic boundaries, New Hampshire is one of the country’s biggest problem areas. Although Dr. Kathleen Hogan is leading efforts to eradicate opioid addiction in her community, the work doesn’t end there. She is also introducing this alternative treatment plan to other parts of the world. As part of the Women Orthopaedist Global Outreach group, Dr. Kathleen Hogan does mission work in other countries such as The Republic of Congo and Cuba, among others, performing knee replacements and providing safer pain management to underserved regions.
New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center is proud to call Dr. Kathleen Hogan one of our own. She is an innovative and passionate leader who is dedicated to all those she serves.
Each year, roughly 3,000 physicians licensed to practice in New Hampshire are asked to nominate specialists they would most recommend to family and friends. Those selected as ‘Top Doctors’ received the greatest number of recommendations within 45 specialties. New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center physicians have been voted ‘Top Doctors’ in New Hampshire Magazine 32 times since 2001-more than any other orthopaedic group in the state.
The votes for 2018 have been counted and seven New Hampshire
Orthopaedic Center physicians have been included in the Top Doctor listing:
Eric R. Benson, MD – Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery
James C. Vailas, MD – Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery
Gregory W. Soghikian, MD – Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery
Robert J. Heaps, MD – Top Doctor for Hand Surgery
Jinsong Wang, MD, PhD – Top Doctor for Hand Surgery
Douglas M. Joseph, MD – Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery
Marc J. Michaud, MD – Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery
Congratulations to all those voted ‘Top Doctors’ for 2018.
These days, some veterans struggle to get any medical care at all, let alone the quality of care that they need in order to live healthy and productive lives. According to the Boston Globe, 25,000 veterans visit the Manchester VA hospital for outpatient care and surgery each year, and some of them wait months just to see a doctor.
To see if you or a veteran you know is eligible for treatment from New Hampshire Orthopedic Center, call 603.883.0091 today.
The first step towards managing joint pain is understanding it. Join Dr. Kathleen Hogan for her free and informative seminar, “Taking Control of your Joint Pain.” Taking place on Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM, the seminar will cover topics including arthritis of the hip and knee, as well as non-surgical and surgical treatment alternatives.
Space is limited, so call 603-672-5037 or email Cindy@ledgewoodbay.com to register today!